Sustainability &
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

The Authority integrates sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) into all aspects of our business to meet our organizational mission of enhancing the quality of life for Georgians.

Better Buildings

Reducing operational and event-driven environmental impact through energy and water conservation, waste diversion, food donations and more.

Better Community

The health of our business and the health of the surrounding community are intrinsically tied through our work with various humanitarian organizations.

Better Partners

Partnering with Peach State institutions of higher learning to build the next generation of leaders.

Mission In Action

Committed to enhancing the quality of life for every Georgian, the GWCCA puts its mission into action by integrating sustainability and CSR into all aspects of business in order to support people, the planet, and the bottom line.

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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Minimizing the environmental impacts of operations and events hosted on campus is the GWCCA’s primary focus.

Georgia World Congress Center

Largest LEED Gold certified convention center in the world.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

First LEED Platinum certified professional sports stadium in North America.

Savannah Convention Center

First LEED Gold certified convention center in Georgia.

Energy and Water

GWCCA is an industry leader in resource conservation and renewable energy.

Energy Savings Performance Contract

Conserving energy, saving money, equipment upgrades and a creative financing solution are all part of GWCCA’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract with Trane. It is the largest such stand-alone project in Georgia, and also the largest in the country for public assembly venues.

40%

savings in energy and water for GWCCA with performance contract.

4000+

solar panels on the GWCCA campus.

$2,347,901

total cost savings during the second year of performance contract with Trane exceeded the guaranteed savings by $242,101.

20,356,000

gallons of water saved, approximately double the amount of water that the Georgia Aquarium holds.

Food and Beverage

GWCCA composts, donates unused meals, sources sustainable food and has its own honey-producing beehives.

98,769

pounds of food donated by GWCCA in 2019.

27,600+

meals donated to 14 Atlanta non-profits after Super Bowl LIII.

98

meeting rooms outfitted with water bottle filling stations in order to reduce single-use plastic containers.

300+

meals provided and served to the Atlanta Mission by GWCCA food services and team members in fiscal 19.

100+

pounds of honey culled from first harvest of our three on-campus beehives.

Team Member Engagement

GWCCA has a culture of stewardship that includes serving the surrounding community.

Since 2018, GWCCA has partnered with the Atlanta Mission. Twice a year, team members volunteer to prepare and serve meals, donate basic need items, and also provide job skills training.

Volunteering

Volunteerism is a two-way street for the Authority. Our team members volunteer their time and talents on behalf of several local organizations that focus on basic needs, shelter, education and environment. Additionally GWCCA offers periodic opportunities for other groups to volunteer on our campus.

In-kind Support

Our commitment to building a better community is a continuous pursuit. In fiscal year 2019, the Authority formed a new partnership with the American Red Cross to host on-campus blood drives in the wake of Hurricane Michael that ravaged South Georgia. In addition to participating in local literacy programs, team members also donated more than 500 books to local elementary schools.

Recognized as an industry leader, the Authority has leadership expertise representing various disciplines including sustainability

Thought Leadership

Recognized as an industry leader, the Authority has leadership expertise representing various disciplines, from event and sports management to public safety, law enforcement and sustainability. GWCCA leaders are active participants in panel discussions and industry forums, and serve as guest speakers and presenters. We’re honored to share our insights and specialized knowledge in academic or business settings.

Alternative Transportation

Getting to the GWCCA campus is a snap via rail, bus, rideshare, bike or on foot.
Each parking garage has at least one Chargepoint dual-port electric vehicle charging station with the entire campus able to charge 26 vehicles at once.
With direct service via two MARTA rail stations, GWCCA’s campus is easily accessible.
The entrances of the Georgia World Congress Center are outfitted with bicycle racks, for easy and safe storage for cyclists.
The PATH Foundation off-road trails encircle the GWCCA campus providing connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists all throughout the city.

Waste Diversion

We work closely with internal and external partners to reduce the amount of material resources sent to landfills.

My Authority Life: Melanie Vaughn

At the Authority, we are constantly challenging our team members to be stewards at work and in their communities. In this episode of My Authority Life we go behind the scenes with Melanie Vaughn, Waste Diversion Operations Specialist. She plays a vital role within our sustainability program which includes leading our recycling efforts and more.

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29,354,278

pounds of material diverted from landfills by GWCCA since 2010.

160+

tons of food were composted in 2019.

70,000

pounds of materials donated to local non-profits following Super Bowl in February 2019

Partnerships

GWCCA forms strategic community partnerships that mutually enhance the quality of life for all Georgians.

Basic Needs

We work to ensure all Georgians have access to food, water, clothing and clean air.

Red Cross

As a campus focused on emergency preparedness, we work with the Red Cross for disaster response and blood services.

Atlanta Community Food Bank

GWCCA actively supports the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s mission to build a healthier, stronger community free of hunger by donating excess food and team members’ time to support critical needs.

Goodr

Using blockchain technology, Goodr helps serve our business and the community by coordinating the logistics of excess food donations.

Arts and Education

We partner with local school districts as well as colleges and universities to foster learning and leadership development.

Everybody Wins

GWCCA team members have given their time to promote literacy to metro Atlanta elementary students for nearly a decade.

GSU

Partnering with the university’s School of Hospitality Administration, GSU and GWCCA have combined to create the first dedicated university classroom located in a major convention center.

Junior Achievement

With JA Georgia’s headquarters located inside GWCC’s Building C, we actively work to support their mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

SCAD

From commemorating the history of the Georgia Dome to redesigning the Authority team member cafeteria, each year a new class of SCAD students tackle an opportunity to integrate creative and innovative ideas within the GWCCA business.

Shelter

We support organizations that administer to the homeless, and believe in affordable housing for all Georgians.

Atlanta Mission

A campus neighbor of the Authority, the Atlanta Mission is dedicated to ending homelessness. GWCCA works closely with the organization to provide much needed items, services, and training.

Environment

Reducing the Authority’s environmental impact, we implement the latest innovations in conserving energy and water and diverting waste.

ABBC

An inaugural participant and winner of energy and water conservation awards.

Bee Downtown

As host to three beehives and more than 60,000 honey bees, GWCCA is ensuring pollinators have access to local food systems and vegetation in and around our campus.

In the News

See GWCCA's sustainability and CSR successes highlighted by various media outlets.

It’s easier than ever for an Atlanta meeting to be green

The Georgia World Congress Center is the largest LEED Gold-certified convention center in the world. It is among six other LEED-certified event venues in Atlanta.

In November, the Georgia World Congress Center will welcome Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the largest convention in the world dedicated to green building.

‘Do-goodrs’ rescue leftover food for nonprofits Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tim Trefzer, corporate social responsibility manager for the Georgia World Congress Center
Authority, has been working with Goodr for about a year. For many years, the authority has
donated packaged and nonperishable food through its exclusive food service provider.

Super Bowl organizers, partners expand bid to run clean energy show

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sunday’s U.S. Super Bowl will score on the clean energy front, with an environmental group and a beer maker for the first time offering to offset greenhouse gas emissions linked to fans’ travel and the host city of Atlanta, organizers said.

You Watch the Super Bowl; They Watch That Other Bowl

No one knows whether Tom Brady will get his sixth championship ring this weekend or Jared Goff will get his first, but one thing is certain: Both starting quarterbacks, along with the more than a million people traveling to Atlanta for the Super Bowl, will use the bathroom.

The GSB Interview: Tim Trefzer, on the Greenness of Atlanta’s Super Bowl LIII

From a sustainability perspective, Atlanta has a leg up on other host cities since the game will be played inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the first LEED Platinum professional sports stadium in North America.

Awards

Don’t simply take our word for it, numerous third party awards recognize GWCCA's sustainability and CSR program.

Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

2016

Waste Diversion Award

2017

GWCC Top Performer for Water Conservation; COP Top Performer for Water Conservation

2018

GWCC Top Performer for Energy Conservation

US EPA

2016

Region 4 Food Recovery Challenge Award for Sustainable Food Management

Georgia Recycling Coalition

2013

Spirit of Green Awards: Outstanding Institutional Program

2017

Spirit of Green Awards: Outstanding Institutional Program

LEED

2014

LEED EBOM Silver Certification

2017

LEED EBOM Gold Recertification

USGBC GA

2015

Leadership Award

2018

Leadership in Building Performance Award

Urban Green Council EB (Existing Building) Award

2015

Jury Award

Environmental Leader 75

2018

Top 75 Environmental Leaders

Voluntourism

Atlanta offers a variety of opportunities for your event or attendees to make a positive impact in our communities. Select an area of interest below for more details on local organizations.

Areas of Interest


Arts + Culture

Domestic Violence

Educational

Environmental

Health + Wellness

Hunger + Homelessness

Military

Seniors

Youth + Family Services

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Resources

Additional materials supporting GWCCA's sustainability and CSR are available below.

Meet the Team

GWCCA's Sustainability and CSR team is committed to making sure your event leaves a positive impact on our campus.

Tim Trefzer

Director of Sustainability and CSR

Jennifer Tinker

CSR Coordinator

Melanie Vaughn

Operation Specialist

Hanes Hilliard

Waste Diversion Intern